The wait to trek to Chembra peak, Wayanad, has officially come to an end. Located at 2,100 m above sea level, Chembra is the highest peak in the entire region. Which means it’s a great spot for trekking. On your way up, there’s a pretty picnic spot mid-way called the Chembra Lake, which is believed to have never dried up since eternity. Also, it’s a heart-shaped lake making love-birds jump with joy. Also Read - Triple Lockdown Begins in Thiruvananthapuram: How it is Different From Normal Shutdown; What's Allowed, What's Prohibited Till July 13 | Full Details Here
Chembra peak has been closed to travellers since February 2018 because it was majorly drought-ridden. Another reason for it being closed was the spread of a deadly forest fire in an ecologically sensitive area early this year. Quite a bit of the grassland was destroyed along with local flora and fauna. However, it can now be climbed by only 200 trekkers per day, only from 7 am to 1 pm. Also Read - Kerala Lockdown News: State Imposes Triple Lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram From Monday For One Week, Secretariat Won’t Function
Once up, you can view the whole of the Wayanad district as well as the surrounding mountains of Nilgiri, Kozhikode, and Mallapuram districts. The thick evergreen lush forests and the cool breeze are sure to take away all the stress of your daily life.
Travellers will have to keep some rules in mind; the vehicles will have to halt at the office of Vana Samrakshana Samithy (VSS), a protection agency comprising of locals who are responsible to look after the peak and the surrounding wildlife. Travellers can thereafter resume their trek up to the lake. To visit here, you can take a bus from all major stations of Karnataka and Kerala and reach Kalpetta, and then a taxi or a local bus to Mepaddi which is just 8 km from there.